This is mind-boggling. Did Toshiba think that no one would take them to court over this?
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Maybe Toshiba was a big Netherlands supporter, and this is their way of being petulant.
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
LOL, bet they were watching the game and were all just hoping Spain lost... the minute they won... Rush to the computers! change the fine print :P.
Oh Toshiba... I knew there was a reason I didn't like you....
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I'm surprised they didn't offer this promotion in the US...seeing as how weak our team is, it would have been a safe bet.
They thought no one in the US watched Soccer and even those who did would not have faith in their team lol
This is their payback for all of the bloatware they've installed on every laptop ever sold by them.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I remember when other than IBM (especially for business laptops) Toshiba was the way to go, then Dell started grabbing market share. Either way it is quite sad to see one of the old highly respected companies start playing these types of game. This particularly seems like a bad business decision all the way around to even offer something like this. I mean one of theses countries is very likely to win (Pre-offer), then everyone that registered is going to seek the reward (current status), and you are going to loose bottom line. The big screw up here other than the offer itself which seems like a definite loose loose to me, is now they are hurting themselves as a company because of it, making it a Loose/Loose/Loose! Who in the heck on the Toshiba promo board thought this one up? I think if it was me I would have transferred to a new company prior to the ending of the World Cup!
Oh and realneil bloatware can be a a problem, but all you have to do is run something like Decrappifier and it is if not all gone very greatly diminished automatically. You then have a very musch smaller task at best of getting rid of it all.
Well if they ran it in 5 Countries and this cause them to sell 10000 extra(over normal sales) laptops per country
That's 50,000 laptops. Lets say they make a profit of $200 per laptop. That's $10,000,000.
If the 10,000 laptops in the country that won average $1,000 per laptop, and they refunded all of them... they would break even. But given the fine print and confusion... probably only 10% actually registered... so they would still stand to make over $9 million in the deal.
The numbers are probably even more vast and more complex... but the general Idea is that they were going to stand to make some money no matter what.
I tend not to trust these kinds of deals anyway because there is always fine print. But in this case... the apparantly did not run the fine print... so they should be required to own up to it.
All that money they saved from sending production to Singapor, should make up the difference :P
I am sure the Japanese worker is happy that the execs... must now commit Hari-Kari :P
Toshiba makes the best value/quality laptops in the market right now so I'm not going to hate on them.
These screw-ups are the work of the PR people and publicists anyway (you know, the people who are willing to lie to sell stuff, people who are one wrung below lawyers as the most evil kind people in the world. lol) and nothing to do with the guys who make the hardware.
*edit*... wrong thread lol!
Anyway... I've never considered Toshiba a value brand... I've always seen them as being more expensive than the other brands. They make quality prodects yes... but there are other brands i'd rather stick with, personally.
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